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[SPAM] Fw: [hfnetwork] Utah Bill Would Make Videotaping a Factory Farm thr Same as Assaulting a Police Officer

Utah is the latest state to consider new laws targeting undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. A new bill would make photographing animal abuse on par with assaulting a police officer.

Iowa Republicans conspire to ban video taping of abused animals at factory farms

The state of Iowa has passed a bill that now makes it a criminal offense to document or expose animal abuse in factory farms or commercial operations.

Are bad conditions for pigs the cause of swine flu?

Swine or pig flu has suddenly hit the headlines and become the latest thing for us to worry about, after the Global Economic Crisis, and terrorism, and SARS, and AIDS and so on.

While we don our face masks and wash our hands and debate whether it's safe to eat meat from pigs, some people are asking whether the mistreatment of animals is the cause of the outbreak.

Do we keep pigs in such bad conditions, whether in factory farms or in backyard piggeries, that the outbreak of such diseases is inevitable?

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Dogs Used as Shark Bait on French Island (With Video)

By Maryann Mott

for National Geographic News

October 19, 2005

Live and dead dogs and cats are being used as shark bait by amateur fishers on the French-controlled island of Réunion, according to animal-welfare organizations and local authorities.

The small volcanic island off Africa's east coast is bursting with stray dogs—upward of 150,000, says Reha Hutin, president of the Paris-based Fondation 30 Millions d'Amis (the Thirty Million Friends Foundation).

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Sheboygan Police ID owner in frozen collie case

December 8, 2008

The woman arrested for allegedly leaving her collie frozen to the sidewalk overnight has been identified by Sheboygan police as Alice M. Bigler.

Bigler, 59, of 1520 John Court, is accused of leaving Jiffy — her 11- or 12-year-old border collie mix — outside as temperatures plunged to the single digits Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Officials have said the “morbidly obese” dog survived due to layers of fat.

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Beluga's death stirs passions

By MARK DAVIS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/02/07

Gasper. Ralph. Norton. And now, Marina.

Marina the beluga whale died Saturday morning, held close by people who had tried to help her in those final hours. She'd stopped eating about two weeks ago and became so disoriented that she hurt her snout while swimming. She had ulcers. Her helpers wept as Marina's heart sounded its final beats.

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